Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grocery Staples List

I LOVE grocery shopping.  No, I'm serious!  I really do!  All those wonderful ingredients just stockpiled and so neatly arranged on shelves and crisp produce arranged so lovingly and misted so carefully by the misters (misters that do turn on every time I am trying to wrestle some spinach out of the pile).

Now, confession:  I am notorious for merrily going to the grocery store (sans grocery list) thinking I will remember what I need.

Ahem.  Usually, I end up less-than-merrily heading back to aforementioned grocery store to pick up the item I forgot.

I'll chalk it up to being busy (and scatter-brained if we are going to be honest) but honestly it is a WASTE.OF.TIME to not get everything you need on one visit.

I whipped up a handy, dandy Grocery Staples List to help me remember the things that I normally buy on any given week.  Now, lest you all swoon at the number of items on my list, keep an open mind and remember that if I buy a jug of maple syrup on week, I won't have to buy it the next week (or will I?  Cue maniacal syrupy laughter.  I am exceedingly partial to waffles after all).

Lemon poppy seed waffles being liberally doused with syrup.
I promise, we'll have waffle week here on AmiableKitchen in the very near future.
But, all kidding aside.  These are the things that really do shape my menus most weeks.  Sometimes I will need a special veggie or two or a jar of something special (mango chutney, for example) so I'll just jot that on my list.  And while we are having this heart-to-heart conversation about grocery stores and menus and the like, let's all pledge that we will read through any recipes ahead of time so we can make sure to buy the proper ingredients.  Otherwise, we are eating waffles for dinner (not that I mind).

If you stick with your Grocery Staples list, you will gradually be stocking your pantry with items that you'll use on a daily or weekly basis.

Example:  I cook something with a can of black beans at least 2 times a month.  So I always make sure to grab a can of black beans if my black bean stash is looking low.

Here's the list all purdy-fied and ready for you to print.  Get thee shopping (with a list, that is)!

Grocery Staples List


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday Soundtrack

Happy Saturday!  It's the last day of summer--is anyone doing anything fun as a last hurrah?  I'm gearing up for a longish run, some errands and an afternoon of cooking and baking (sigh--how I've missed that over the last month).

Today's Saturday Soundtrack is a gem. I'm hard-pressed to think of a movie with more winning quotes than The Importance of Being Earnest.

Not only are the quotes delightful but there are numerous food references that make me smile:

"I'm so distressed, Aunt Augusta, about their not being any cucumber sandwiches, not even for ready money.  Argghhh."

"Bread and butter please, cake is hardly served in the best houses these days."

"How you can sit there eating muffins when we're in this terrible trouble, I can't make out! It seems to me to be perfectly heartless..."

"I can hardly eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs."

And who can resist Rupert Everett and Colin Firth's duet?  The whole film just makes me smile.  Enjoy your Saturday!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Well Hello There

Hello my friends (is anyone still out there?).  Thank goodness I'm typing this instead of talking.  Why do we pay to have holes drilled in our teeth? Can you tell I was at the dentist this afternoon?!.  My mouth is still numb and it's kind of hilarious.

The past month has taken me to three states, seven airports and been filled with the warm embraces of family and friends.  I had my first Pumpkin Slice Latte of the season (sigh--so delish).  To be honest my stove hadn't seen the light of day until yesterday but I'm home now and ready to start cooking.
Pumpkin Spice Latte time!
Why can I not figure out where to focus my eyes when taking a pic with my phone?
I think there has been an element of "Ok Autumn, let's get this show on the road. I'm ready to bake pumpkin bread and stews and light my cinnamon candles" in my thinking.  But I can feel a change in the air, albeit it ever so slight.

Autumn is just around the corner and I'm eagerly anticipating it in all its glory (well, as much glory as an even clime like Southern California can muster).

In the meantime, here's some good Oregon garden goodness to whet our appetites:

Lovely dewy leaves and fragrant blooms.

Last call for hydrangeas.  Need I say more?

Hi there 'lil cucumbers!

Harvesting grapes that taste like candy.
Yes, it was fairly early in the morning, hence my half-mast eyes.
Caffeine infusion needed pronto!

Yes, one can enjoy cherry tomatoes for breakfast.

Au Revoir. I've got some recipe loveliness brewing in my mind and recipe notebook.  Until then...much love.